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MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Minnesota United

New England and Minnesota looking for first win of 2017 in key battle at Gillette Stadium

New England Revolution vs Minnesota United Preview and Prediction
Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Minnesota United
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 25 – 14:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Match Odds: New England Revolution 2/5 – Draw 100/30 – Minnesota United 13/2

Match Preview

New England play their first home match of the season on Saturday night, with Minnesota United making the trip to Gillette Stadium with both sides still looking for their first win of 2017.

Having lost both games so far, the Revolution are already off the pace in the race for the playoffs. Of course they are only two games in, but points on the board will be essential come crunch time and the Revs need to pick up quickly as a result.

Their home game with Orlando City was postponed two weeks ago due to bad weather but New England will now hope that playing in front of their own fans will see their fortunes improve.

Failing to win here would put serious questions on the direction of the franchise after two seasons which have seen the side underperform after reaching the 2014 MLS Cup Final. It cannot be long before Jay  Heaps’ position is put under scrutiny if things don’t turn around.

On the flip side, Adrian Heath will be in charge for only his fourth competitive match as Minnesota manager. However, his disappointing time in Orlando has left his critics with a lot to mull over and a quick turnaround after a slow start would do both Heath, and the team the world of good.

As Minnesota still search for a debut win in MLS, they will have to dismantle a run of four-straight home wins in MLS for the Revolution stretching back to last season. They will also need to try and shut the flood gates at the back, which have seen them concede 13 goals in only three games thus far.

Like we mentioned before, this game is an interesting one. Both sides are desperately craving three points and so we are expecting an open affair. Minnesota will have to prove their squad depth with so many players away on international duty or on the sidelines with injuries.

Team News

New England Revolution will be without goalkeeper Brad Knighton, who misses out with a concussion. Zachary Herivaux is listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain. The Revs are fortunate to have no international call-ups to contend with as they look for their first points of the season.

Minnesota United are missing eight for the trip to Boston and are set to only be able to name a 17-man squad as a result. Bernardo Anor and John Alvbage are out with leg injuries, while Patrick McLain and Joseph Greenspan are both out with concussions.Thomas de Villardi has suffered a serious injury and is expected to be out for some time. On the international front, Kevin Molino (Trinidad), Francisco Calvo (Costa Rica) and Rasmus Schuller (Finland) are all away and won’t be involved. Justin Davis is suspended after picking up a red card last weekend.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: L/L

Minnesota United’s form: L/L/D

Key Stat: Minnesota United have conceded a total of 13 goals in their opening three fixtures – an average of 4.3 per game.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The Revolution’s maestro should be the most creative player on the park come Saturday and could see plenty of the ball to cause trouble against a Minnesota defence that has proven to be the most vulnerable in the league through the first month of the new season.

Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 Minnesota United – Both sides are out of form and struggling to adapt to the most competitive MLS season to date. Minnesota have the excuse of being the new guys but will likely struggle with so many players absent for their trip to Boston. This is a big game for the home side and we see the Revolution edging it, just.

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